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Proton Exchange Membrane- based Electrochemical Hygrogen Generator

Proton Exchange Membrane- based Electrochemical Hygrogen Generator

Objective

GenHyPEM is a project related to the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water, using proton exchange membrane (PEM) - based electrochemical generators. The specificity of this project is that all basic research efforts are devoted to the optimization of already existing electrolysers of industrial size, in order to facilitate the introduction of this technology in the industry and to propose technological solutions for the industrial and domestic production of electrolytic hydrogen. GenHyPEM gathers p artners from academic institutions and from the industry who will provide a 291 man-month research effort over three years, in order to reach three main technological objectives aimed at improving the performances of current 1000 Nliter/hour H2 industrial water electrolysers : (i) Development of alternative low-cost membrane electrode assemblies and stack components with electrochemical performances similar to those of state-of-the-art systems. The objectives are the development of nano-scaled electrocataly tic structures for reducing the amount of noble metals; the synthesis and characterization of non-noble metal catalytic compounds provided by molecular chemistry and bio-mimetic approaches; the preparation of new composite membrane materials for high curre nt density, high pressure and high temperature operation; the development and optimization of low-cost porous titanium sheets acting as current collectors in the electrolysis stack. (ii) Development of an optimized stack structure for high current density (1 A.cm-2) and high pressure (50 bars) operation for direct pressurized storage. (iii) Development of an automated and integrated electrolysis unit allowing gas production from intermittent renewable sources of energy such as photovoltaic-solar and wind.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

Address

Avenue Georges Clemenceau 15
Orsay

France

Administrative Contact

Pierre MILLET (Pr.)

Participants (8)

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COMPAGNIE D'ETUDES DES TECHNOLOGIES DE L'HYDROGENE

France

GKN SINTER METALS SERVICE GMBH

Germany

DELTA PLUS ENGINEERING & CONSULTING SPRL

Belgium

RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTRE "KURCHATOV INSTITUTE"

Russia

OSKAR VON MILLER - INSTITUT DE CONCEPTIE, CERCETARE SI PROIECTARE ECHIPAMENTE TERMOENERGETICE S.A.

Romania

MOSCOW POWER ENGINEERING INSTITUTE (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY)

Russia

H2 ECONOMY CJSC

Armenia

KABARDINO-BAKARIAN STATE UNIVERSITY BY H.M. BERBEKOVA

Russia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 19802

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 509 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 300 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

France